“It started raining as the sequence in the park was finishing. I hadn’t predicted the weather we would get as we’d be leaving the park. So I said to myself, ‘Why not shoot in the rain, since our equipment is light?'”
Eric Rohmer’s films are deceptively simple, and usually the result of painstaking pre-production and agile improvisation by both cast and crew on set. I like his films for thinking about process, because there’s a certain transparency to them: his films feel stripped down to the sparest collaboration of word, image, and sound, leaving the thought process of the filmmaker quietly visible on-screen. Here his discusses his process varying over several of his films, in an interview recorded for France Culture in 1981.